[email protected] Accessories by their very nature are additives that spice up life. Nothing revamps one’s lifestyle like the right instant fashion fix – a throw on of that stylish scarf, veil, hair clip, bangles and bracelets, belts and watches. Accessorizing everyday appearance includes jazzing up the routine and regular by clutching a spectacular handbag, conference folder, portfolio and, in the electronic devices crazy world we live in these days, perking up our laptop carriers, handsets and IPad with customized covers. The more up-to-date fashion savvy patrons include shoes in the range of accessories available to both men and women. Be it as it may and in whatever range of appearances, accessories are primed to take your wardrobe from the simplistic, predictable and boring to the remarkable, outstanding and boring in just seconds. Most importantly, in our quest for viable alternative economic livewire to oil, is the good news that...
By Magnus Onyibe - There is a buzz about the internal strife that has recently been hunting Aso Rock villa like a ghost. It is based on the belief that there are numerous pockets of power in the presidency, which like a constellation of stars revolving around the moon seeking to overshadow one another, have in the process created chaos, serious enough to trigger the leadership cataclysm currently besetting Nigeria. By tugging at each other’s throats, the different power blocks in the presidency are believed to be working at cross purposes and for selfish interests which does not augur well for effective governance. The recent incidents of the security agencies that have direct reporting lines to president Muhamadu Buhari being at daggers drawn, affirms that there is trouble in Nigerian seat of power. Take for instance, the fact that the Directorate of State Services, DSS, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,National Intelligence Agency, NIA, are...

Elumelu In Africapitalism

BY Magnus Onyibe  Few Africans have talked about pan Africanism and made it happen. And one of such people is Tony Elumelu, the self-appointed champion of AFRICAPITALISM -Afrocentric entrepreneurship aimed at stimulating economic growth towards the  elimination of poverty in the continent of Africa. The banker turned entrepreneur through his HEIRS holding-a diversified conglomerate, has in the past three years been leveraging on his philanthropic platform, Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF to turn the whole African landscape of 54 countries into a sort of investment tapestry, just like a visual artist paints his vision on canvas. His commitment to spend a jaw-dropping sum of $100m in the next 10 years empowering budding entrepreneurs is so strikingly remarkable that skeptics would have thought that it was a mere gimmick. But as it has turned out, Elumelu is not a politician that may be given to hoaxes. Being a businessman who is fighting a cause, as the...
[email protected] Street talk would analyze Project Nigeria as pooling resources towards baking the national cake. In other words, it presupposes citizen engagement in taking ownership and in turn becoming advocates of shared values and common goals. It is a veritable exercise in realizing the ever haunting lines of the now discarded National anthem which chimed “Though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand”. Shifting focus to the next generation as a value orientation and reorientation strategy as a platform for the affirmation of a collective Nigerianness is worth soft mentoring through schools excursions. The Nigerian narrative can be stimulated through the notion of schools excursion in the realization that travel is the greatest expander of human perception. Travel, in this sense is not to be limited to the bourgeois pretentions of going “abroad” but as a liberation mindset that begins with a coasting through one’s own immediate town/city/Local...
BY Onyibe , development strategist On December 12, 2015 in Kaduna State, North Central Nigeria, the military allegedly mowed down some Shiite Muslims who allegedly tried to obstruct their path. Till date, their leader, Ibrahim El Zarzaky and his wife are still in detention, although authorities like to sugar-coat it as protective custody. It is common knowledge that Bornu and Yobe states were practically turned into killing fields by terrorists and citizens have remained exposed to being raped, kidnapped and sold into slavery or killed for nearly 10 years. In fact, the National Bureau of Statistics , NBS and Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN attribute the current high cost of food partly to displacement of farmers in the north east due to acts of terrorism which has been preventing them from tiling the soil for food. A quick trend analysis reveals that under the regime of other democratically elected presidents like Umaru Yar’Adua...
By Dele Ogunrinde n the first part of this article, the author assessed the performance of theMuhammaduBuhari administration on its tackling of corruption and maintenance of national security. He was also forthcoming with suggestions as to what needs to be done to win the battles on these two fronts. In this second and final instalment, he focuses on the delivery of infrastructure and the management of the economy over the past two years in the context of dwindling revenues from petroleum oil resources and frayed tribal/ethnic nerves. On the political terrain, posits that restructuring of the political landscape is a challenge that the Buhari administration cannot run away from.  Economy Beyond recovery of illicitly acquired funds, not much can be said to have been achieved in the improvement of the economy. Some have been willing to concede that the economy had been battered to a most serious state before the advent of...
BY James Ume Less than seven months after Audu Ogbe, Minister of Agriculture promised the nation that the government was poised to crash fertilizer price down to N6,000 or below, tangible evidence has emerged that this is a promise kept. Last Monday. Uche Orji, the ebullient Managing Director of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, NSIA, revealed that the Authority had put back to work 11 fertilizer blending plants across the country, adding over six million bags of NPK 20:10:10 to the current fertilizer production in the country. This is cheering news for at least three reasons. The NSIA action has substantially crashed the price of fertilizer to below N6,000, something that was thought impossible earlier in the year. Second, it has also put an immediate end to the scandal-prone fertilizer subsidy and the non-accessibility of the product to farmers. Nigeria pays billions of Naira in fertilizer subsidy, yet farmers are...
According to Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, NBS, youth unemployment in Nigeria has reached a historical high point. Drawing from the aphorism, the idle hand is the devil’s workshop, Nigerian youths from both the north and south, who constitute half of Nigeria’s population estimated to be 180 million are idle. If the leadership is aspiring to sleep with both eyes closed, it must find productive ways to harness the boundless energy of our youths. So, in my view, one of the solutions to youth restiveness on the Internet may be the creation of employment which incidentally is associated with good governance. Since the jobs are obviously lacking, the blame for youth idleness once again tilts more towards government which is currently grappling with an unbalanced budget and double digit inflation. What this implies is that, the panacea for hate speech lies at the door steps of government. So it must find an innovative...